Steve Winick

Innovations, advice abound in SBU’s 2017 Boot Camp

By GREGORY ZELLER // These boots are made for talking – and now, several enterprising innovators have a firmer grasp on what to say, and how to say it, when it’s time to commercialize the Next Big Thing. Eight “idea champions” with entrepreneurial aspirations have completed Stony Brook University’s 2017 Innovation Boot Camp, a commercialization crash course that might not carry ideas directly to the promised land, but does give those inventors – mostly science…


Energy, life sciences pace 2017 Innovation Boot Camp

By GREGORY ZELLER // Several innovators sitting on potentially game-changing technologies have been selected for one of Long Island’s most effective commercialization crash courses. Stony Brook University has announced the eight teams participating in the 10th annual Innovation Boot Camp, a three-day exercise that surrounds researchers, engineers and other rookie entrepreneurs with customized teams of commercialization experts to help them explore the rigors of business development. This year’s boot campers represent a diverse selection of…


CSHL spinoff earns $2M TopSpin buy-in

By GREGORY ZELLER // A cutting-edge Long Island biotech with a unique cancer-fighting platform has closed a critical $2 million funding round. DepYmed Inc., spun out of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory with a little help from New York City stalwart Ohr Pharmaceutical, has announced the completion of a Series A funding round with TopSpin Fund LP, which is controlled by Roslyn-based VC and private-equity firm TopSpin Partners. The 2014 startup, which is developing multiple therapeutic…


The road to the final $100K

Entrepreneurial innovators from Long Island’s top colleges and universities will go head-to-head on Thursday in the regional round of the New York State Business Plan Competition. With $30,000 in prizes and a shot at the state finals at stake, teams from Farmingdale State College, Hofstra University, NYIT and Stony Brook University will present their business ideas to a high-caliber panel of judges chaired by Steve Winick, managing director of Syosset private equity firm Topspin Partners…


Sharpening skills, image at Innovation Boot Camp

By GREGORY ZELLER // Stony Brook University’s ninth-annual Innovation Boot Camp has decamped following an intensive series of workshops and homework assignments for eight up-and-coming startups. The campers, early-stage – and earlier – companies based on science from LI’s growing innovation ecosystem delivered sharpened presentations at SBU’s Long Island High Technology Incubator. The 15-minute exhibitions, a dry run for potential investor pitches, were made by each team’s “idea champion” and critiqued by a panel of…


Discovering a world beyond contract research

By GREGORY ZELLER // Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory spinoff Certerra Inc. is finally getting ready to spin off. Founded in 2011 by CSHL associate professor Pavel Osten and venture capitalist Steve Winick, Certerra screens drugs to test their effectiveness on a broad spectrum of brain-based disorders. Until now, the company has focused on mouse brain scans for pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients, helping them improve predictability before their experimental compounds move on to human clinical trials….


With Topspin round, Codagenix steps on the gas

By GREGORY ZELLER // Last year, when local venture firm Topspin chipped in on a $100,000 infusion for Stony Brook-based biotech Codagenix, it gave the startup a fairly clear idea of what to do with the money. “We had suggested to them that they needed to tighten up some aspects of their clinical data, and in fact they used the money to do just that,” said Steve Winick, Topspin’s managing director. “The tests came out…